This webinar will provide an overview of collaborative programs in three locations across the country—Salt Lake County, Utah; Overland Park, Kansas; and Portland, Maine—that incorporate law enforcement, community supervision, and behavioral health agencies.
Law Enforcement In the News
The Bureau of Justice Assistance is now soliciting applications for the Smart Policing Initiative to support implementation and evaluation of unique approaches to chronic crime problems, emerging crime problems, or barriers to police agencies’ ability to address such problems.
NEW YORK—The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center released a new report today that highlights statewide initiatives for supporting local-level specialized policing responses (SPRs) for people with mental illnesses. SPRs are designed to help individuals in crisis connect to community-based treatment and supports, when appropriate, instead of becoming involved in the criminal justice system.
HARRISBURG, Pa.– Governor Tom Corbett today signed House Bill 135, the second phase of the Justice Reinvestment Initiative that will redirect funds from corrections to communities.
Corbett also signed into law several other pieces of legislation, all related to Pennsylvania’s criminal justice system.
HARRISBURG, Pa.–The Pennsylvania General Assembly passed House Bill 135 on Tuesday with a House vote of 195 – 0 and a Senate vote of 49 – 0. This is the critical second half of the criminal justice policy framework that began in July with enactment of Senate Bill 100 (now “Act 122”).
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to expand the number of employees assigned to the department’s Mental Evaluation Teams so they can respond 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and to find ways to pay for the mission.
Law enforcement in South Carolina would get more training in dealing with people having a mental health or substance abuse crisis under a bill that the state General Assembly could take up next year.
Mental-health professionals teaching Clermont police crisis-intervention techniques recently put their training into practice.